Use the link to see the break out of religions by percentage. This might be a useful guide as we pray through specific states.
During my recent vacation I kept in my recent habit of walking daily. My walking path took me by the house of an older gentlemen who was working on a trailer. The first few days I noticed him out whenever I walked by before God prompted me to talk to him. I passed him by knowing that the street I was walking was a dead end and I would pass him again. I asked myself, "is that God or just my own hyper active conscience?" I kept asking this question as I passed him by a second time. The next day I thought to myself as I started my walk, "if he is out this time I will stop." Sure enough, he was. I passed him by and started praying that God would make it an easy introduction. As I walked back I stopped and said hi. As I spoke with him I found out that his wife had died this past October and he was taking care of his 84 year old mother-in-law. As we spoke I thought to myself, "should I witness to him, or just get to know him and have another day?" As clear as that question came a verse came to mind "today is the day of salvation!" As I began to think about how to bring up the topic his mother-in-law appeared and he needed to attend to her inside. I departed. The next day I took my dad with me. I told him about John and his story. As we made the loop we stopped and I introduced my dad to him. We spoke briefly before moving on. As it turns out, my dad intends to take him out to lunch and talk to him as a fellow 70 something year old. In basketball this might be called an assist, but had I listened to my excuse my dad wouldn't have likely met him or bothered to take him out to lunch. That latter hasn't happened yet, so you can pray for that. You see whether it was an over-active conscience or the Spirit of God is irrelevant. Sharing the love of Christ, or merely getting to know someone with that purpose is never out of line, and something we will not displease God by doing. As a result of being encouraged to reach out to John, God had me on my spiritual feet and had the privilege of leading a young man to Christ a couple days later. Praise God He overcame my excuse and questioning, which gave my dad an opportunity, and encouraged me to be "forward" with the gospel just a couple days later.
Scriptural Reasons to Overcoming Excuses to Evangelize (Compiled by SGBC Bible Study) –
1. I want to witness, but I do not know what to say.
-1 Peter 3:15 –Proverbs 3:5-6 -2 Timothy 4:2 -Ephesians 6:15 -1 Corinthians 1:17
2. Witnessing is not my personality. I am too shy.
-Proverbs 28:1 -2 Timothy 1:7-8 -2 Corinthians 5:16 -2 Corinthians 12:9 –Psalm 25:1-2 –Matthew 28:19-20 –Jeremiah 17:5-8 –Mark 16:15 –Acts 1:8 –Romans 16:25 –Ephesians 6:15 -1 Corinthians 1:17
3. You see, some people are extroverts, but I am an introvert, so I do not witness to others.
-1 Corinthians 1:26-27 -2 Corinthians 10:10 –Romans 1:13,16 –Matthew 28:19
4. I did not feel led to witness to that person.
-Jude 1:19-23 –Matthew 28:16-20 –Mark 16:15 –Colossians 4:5-6 –Hebrews 4:7 -2 Corinthians 6:2
5. I don’t believe that you need to use words to witness to someone. You just need to live right before them, so they can see your good works.
-Romans 10:14-15 -1 Thessalonians 2:4-6 -2 Timothy 4:1-2 –Matthew 28:19 -1 Peter 3:15
6. I believe that you must have a relationship with someone before you can witness to them
-John 3:1-9 –John 7:7-29 –Acts 8:27,29-31 –Acts 5:42 –Matthew 5:13 –Acts 16:31
7. I am not a minister, so I cannot witness. I have not been to Bible school.
-2 Corinthians 5:18,20 –Acts 26:16 –Ephesians 4:12
8. I believe that religion is a personal thing and that we should not impose our beliefs on others.
-1 Corinthians 11:1 –Romans 9:1-3 – Galatians 1:15-16 –Psalm 14:1 -2 Corinthians 4:3-5 –John 14:6
9. I do not think that witnessing is the politically correct thing to do.
-Romans 1:16 –Romans 13:7 –Acts 7:54-60 –Matthew 28:18-20 –James 4:4 –Acts 5:29
10. I do not feel like being teased or mocked for talking about my faith in Jesus Christ.
-1 Peter 4:12-13 -Ephesians 6:1-20 -1 Timothy 4:12 –James 1:12 -2 Corinthians 12:10 –Matthew 5:11-12,44 –Matthew 10:26-28 –Acts 5:41 -2 Corinthians 11:23-31 -2 Corinthians 6:3-10 –Romans 1:16-17
11. I may offend them if I share the Gospel with them. I am afraid of what they might respond.
-1 Corinthians 10:31-33 –1 Peter 2:7-9 –Matthew 5:14-16 –Psalm 64:3-8 –Proverbs 3:5 –Romans 1:16 –Matthew 10:28 –Philippians 3:7, 4:7,13, James 1:2-3
12. I have so many worries. I myself am just trying to keep my head above water. It is too hard for me to be concerned about anyone else’s salvation.
-Philippians 1:3-7 - Philippians 4:6,7 -1 Peter 5:7 –Isaiah 41:10 -1 Peter 5:7 –Matthew 5:14-16 –Matthew 6:25-34 –Galatians 5:22-26
13. I do not have time. I am too busy.
Colossians 4:2-6 -1 Thessalonians 5:2 -2 Timothy 4:2 –James 4:17 –Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 –Matthew 9:37 –Matthew 10:33 -2 Corinthians 6:2
14. I am not called to witness. I have other spiritual gifts to employ.
-2 Corinthians 5:20 –2 Corinthians 5:18-20 -2 Timothy 4:1,2 –Ephesians 4:15 –Ephesians 4:25 –Mark 16:15
15. I am intercessor, so I am not called to evangelize, but I will pray for those that are witnessing.
-1 Peter 4:12-16 – Matthew 28:18-20 –Mark 16:15 –Ezekiel 33:6
16. There are so many Christians out there already. God does not really need me. I will let someone else do the witnessing.
-Luke 10:2 –John 4:35 –Matthew 28:18-20 –Matthew 9:37-38 -2 Timothy 4:1-2 -1 Corinthians 9:16 -2 Peter 3:9
Greetings All! Below are the Scriptures that were used to counter the responses of different types of people. Please respond with your additions and we will make a list of them all to you.
The ignorant and indifferent - They need to be shocked out of their folly.
Psalm 7:11-12; Isaiah 55:7; 2 Corinthians 5:10
The self-righteous - either the ones who loathe the concept of sin and think all is right if no one is hurt, or the pharisee who believes that they aren't sinners because they do more good than bad.
Romans 3:10-12; 1 Peter 1:14-17; Galatians 5:19-26; Habakkuk 1:13
False Christians - need to be shown the nature of regeneration and the evidences of saving faith.
2 Corinthians 13:5; Romans 8:5-9; Matthew 7:13-23; Philippians 4:8-9; Isaiah 59:2
Atheists or Agnostics - their intellectual difficulties are really moral problems of the heart.
Psalms 14:1-3; Romans 1:18-23
Cultists - there are some main things which must be discussed, when those things are discussed also make sure to define your terms as they will use the same terms and define them differently (eg. justification)
Jesus is God/Trinity - John 10:24-38; John 17:1-11
Saved by Grace Alone - Ephesians 2:1-10
The Bible is the Only Source of Truth - Proverbs 30:5-6; Revelations 22:18-19; John 17:17